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Poe’s Childhood Parents: David Poe Elizabeth Atkins Edgar Poe was born in Boston on January 19, 1809, to David and Elizabeth Poe. Elizabeth died in 1811 shortly after separating from David and taking the three children David, Edgar, and Rosalie, with her. Edgar was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. John Allan. a successful and stable Richmond merchant.
Poe’s Young Adult Years When Poe was 6, he went to school in England for 5 years. He learned Latin and French, as well as math and history. Later he returned to school in America and continued his studies. Edgar Allan went to the University of Virginia in 1826. He was 17. Poe spent most of 1826 at the University of West Virginia, doing well in his studies, but running up gambling debts and drinking.
Trouble Follows Poe Edgar Allan had no money, no job skills, and had been shunned by John Allan. Edgar went to Boston and joined the U.S. Army in 1827. He did reasonably well in the Army and attained the rank of sergeant major. In 1829, Mrs. Allan died and John Allan tried to be friendly towards Edgar and signed Edgar's application to West Point. In 1830, Edgar Allan entered West Point as a cadet. He didn't stay long because John Allan refused to send him any money.
Struggling Writer In 1831, Edgar Allan Poe went to New York City where he had some of his poetry published. He submitted stories to a number of magazines and they were all rejected. Poe had no friends, no job, and was in financial trouble. He sent a letter to John Allan begging for help but none came. John Allan died in 1834 and did not mention Edgar in his will. JOHN ALLAN - POE'S FOSTER FATHER FRANCES ALLAN - POE'S FOSTER-MOTHER
Career and marriage Poe worked as a newspaper editor and writer throughout his life, but he never made enough money to be comfortable. In 1836, Poe married Virginia Clemm. She died in 1847 from tuberculosis.
Poe’s Death On October 3, 1849, Poe was found on the streets of Baltimore delirious, "in great distress, and... in need of immediate assistance", according to the man who found him, Joseph W. Walker. He was taken to the Washington College Hospital, where he died on Sunday, October 7, 1849, at 5:00 in the morning
Mystery of Poe’s Death Some sources say Poe's final words were "Lord help my poor soul." All medical records, including his death certificate, have been lost. Newspapers at the time reported Poe's death as "congestion of the brain" or "cerebral inflammation", common euphemisms for deaths from disreputable causes such as alcoholism.
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